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Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Firebird
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The Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Firebird is a cross between a single coil and a humbucker. This pickup is similar to the mini-humbucker, but without ...Click To Read More About This Product
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A brilliant cross between single coil and humbucker.
The Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Firebird is a cross between a single coil and a humbucker. This pickup is similar to the mini-humbucker, but without the adjustable pole pieces. Just like a vintage Firebird guitar that inspired it, this pickup sounds amazing.
To some, this is craziness, intentionally creating an aged electrical component. But if you're like Seymour Duncan, and you appreciate the personal commitment and hand craftsmanship found in early electric guitars, then you'll want to capture that timeless beauty with an Antiquity pickup.
- length: 2.577"
- max height with leg: n/a
- mounting ring width: n/a
- mounting ring length: n/a
- mounting ring max height: n/a
- minimal height: n/a
- adjustable pole piece length: n/a
- height adj. screw height: 3/8" round-head slotted ms
- magnet calibration: N/S
- magnet gauss: 20-25 gauss
- DC Ohms: 6.7K neck, 8.2K bridge
- inductance: 2.82 henries neck, 3.75 henries bridge
- Q: 2.15 neck, 2.27 bridge
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Comments about Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Firebird:
Ok, so the Firebird pickup are definitely cool. A bunch of star musicians have used them. Most notably, Neil Young and Johnny Winter. And they do sound cool. I just did not feel they were right for my Gibson Les Paul Traditional (which had P90).
I was looking for something different, and these pickups certainly deliver that. But I had a couple of beefs with them in that guitar. First, in my rig, they squeal constantly. I can't see a reason to buy a set of these pickups that are not potted. I know there is a lot of hype over old school unpotted pickups, but I didn't like the squealing.
Second the output is quite low compared to regular humbuckers and the original P90. That fact in itself is not a bad thing. If you adjust your amp rig to compensate for the lower gain and dial back the treble so they stop squealing, they sound unique and interesting.
But, I have several guitars that all work with the settings I use on my amp so I didn't want to change my whole approach to my favored EQ. that's why they did not fit with me. If you listen to Neil Young and Winter, the pickups obviously are awesome in Neil's Les Paul. But, as I discovered, he has tailored his whole rig to the sound of them. So, if you are willing to buy whatever gear sounds good with them, and do some tweaking, you can get a a cool perhaps unique sound.
Bottom line, they have a really interesting and usable sound but I feel they don't do higher gain well - they squeal a lot and the output of the pickup is quite low. Not a bad thing, you just need to change your tonal approach to use them - dial back the EQ and gain, and turn up the power amp distortion. I was unwilling to change my rig to the degree needed to bring out the best in these pickups. In spite of my opinion, I highly recommend that you try them, they definitely have a cool factor you can't get from other pickups which may lead you to a signature sound.